I have some very strange behavior of the KDE clock in latest Kubuntu with KDE 4.10 backports. System clock is correctly set, although for some reason it uses UTC.

This is correct:

me@pinguino ~]$ date
Fri Mar 15 09:06:36 UTC 2013

However, the clock is just wrong. See this:

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Rome can never have the same time as UTC, as it is always either 1 or 2 hours ahead! Bug??

  • I just updated my Opensuse machine with KDE and have a similar time issue. Might want to log it on the KDE bug tracker as I don’t think its specific to Kubuntu. Think its related to KDE 4.10 probably.
    – LinuxBill
    Mar 15, 2013 at 9:26
  • The problem is, when you try to use the systemsettings applet to configure date and time (or setting ntp sync), /etc/localtime is again erased and the problem comes back.
    – user157430
    May 10, 2013 at 12:37

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I have done some more investigation. Looks like KDE clock will depend on /etc/localtime. Mine was incorrectly set (it was a symlink to "../posix/Europe/Rome" which does not exist).

To solve, I first went to KDE clock (right click on the clock applet - adjust date and time - timezones tab, and selected Europe/Rome).

Then I launched sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata and configured it again. It outputted this:

Current default time zone: 'Europe/Rome'
Local time is now:      Fri Mar 15 10:36:52 CET 2013.
Universal Time is now:  Fri Mar 15 09:36:52 UTC 2013.

Finally I went to Digital clock settings (right click on the clock applet) and selected Rome, then set "Clock defaults to": Local.

Now everhting seems correct...

You can also set the clock to precisely match a remote NTP server, like this:

sudo rdate time.ien.it

Note: be sure to update tzdata package.

  • @Seth edited like this: I had to add one more step because the time was not correct. In a terminal window I entered: sudo date -s 14:09:15 While watching [time.gov] time.gov/widget.html) in my chrome browser to get the exact time. Now all is well and I am ready for the next time change in the fall.*
    – Palantir
    Mar 18, 2013 at 13:02
  • @Seth: I re-edited suggesting to use rdate, which will set the clock in a precise way. KDE clock will also allow you to synchronize the time automatically.
    – Palantir
    Mar 18, 2013 at 13:03
  • That's fine. It was a suggested edit my an anonymous user. Since there wasn't anything "wrong" with it I approved it, but you probably know more about the subject at hand than I do ;)
    – Seth
    Mar 18, 2013 at 15:58
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    Thank you so much! I've been struggling with this kde clock problem forever, and there's so much false information and solutions that just don't work out there. This finally fixed it!
    – Ben Lee
    May 13, 2013 at 3:43
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    Thank you! In my case, /etc/localtime was a symlink to ../posix/Europe/Bucharest so I just deleted it and linked it to the proper file: ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Bucharest /etc/localtime and the clocked fixed its self instantly (KDE).
    – f.ardelian
    Jun 16, 2013 at 19:44

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